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DOJ revises proposed Apple e-book price fixing remedy

The U.S. Department of Justice has revised its previously proposed remedy addressing Apple’s e-book price fixing. While the general terms have not dramatically changed, the DOJ has offered to reduce the length of the injunction from ten years down to five along with easing some of the restrictions on Apple’s ability to make new deals with book publishers.

Apple’s response to the original proposal was to call it “a draconian and punitive intrusion” into the company’s business, and has stated that it will be appealing the July 10th ruling, arguing that it “exceeds the bounds of even criminal price-fixing cases” and is an effort to “inflict punishment” upon the company. [via Engadget]

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1

What can one expect from the Puppet ‘king’, his DOJ lackey and the rabid progressives. After they destroyed the housing market, the banks, and plundered (correct word) their wealth, let’s start ripping off the few remaining successful companies… why not say…Apple!

America, you are at the tipping point.  Nearly half want a free ride. The days of the hard work ethic are numbered.

What a legacy this incompetent administration has written.

Hopefully Apple will take a stand, and perhaps the Court will do the right thing.

Posted by terry on August 24, 2013 at 3:19 PM (UTC)

2

@1: Please take the head from your rear, the lack of oxygen is clearly doing you damage.

Apple DID conspire to fix prices globally. This was obvious at the beginning of the iBooks store more than 3 years ago. The US DOJ only followed the pattern in multiple other countries where, ta-da, Apple and the Big-5 publishers were either found guilty or settled ahead of time.

The ONLY penalty (which in your ignorant, fevered brain you see as government overreach) Apple suffered from being the key player in a global conspiracy to destroy competition in the eBook market was they were told they couldn’t do it again for ten years. This is somehow “draconian”.

For Apple’s role and the damage to consumers, Apple should have been forced to pay a fine equal to the average increase in eBook prices *collectively* across the globe and they should have been forced to stop selling eBooks for a period no less than one year to correct the market disruption from forcing Agency pricing on the global market.

Make no mistake, this has nothing to do with your fever dream paranoid rantings about the black in the white house (the real issue for people like you), but rather yet another slap on the wrist handed out to a corporation that acted knowingly in opposition of the law.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on August 24, 2013 at 9:17 PM (UTC)

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@2 Code Monkey:  You already are brain damaged. 

The DOJ lawyers are guilty of prosecutorial evil.  They should be disabarred and sent to prison. The true monopoly is Amazon.  This gorilla should have been prosecuted.

As for the judge, she should be disbarred and taken of the court. She obviously is prejudiced. And numerous others have complained. 

Someone like George should stand their ground to them in Florida.

Posted by James Katt on August 25, 2013 at 1:49 AM (UTC)

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The reality of this case is that Apple acted as the liaison between the world’s largest 5 publishers to fix prices globally damaging consumers to tune of billions.

That is the same reality that publishing blogs began discussing years ahead of the DOJ case. Trying to make something political out of a black and white, clear as day conspiracy takes a lot of mental gymnastics.

Anyone who defends Apple in this case clearly has a severe case of Stockholm syndrome: Apple’s only goal in this case was their own profits in an industry they previously had exactly zero experience at the expense of their consumers.

The hilarious part is that you act as though Amazon had any monopoly. They had roughly the same market share at their peak for eBooks than Apple has enjoyed for a decade for digitally distributed music. Really, if the DOJ or any government agency was as evil as you baselessly claims purport, Apple’s undue influence on the music industry is what would have been targeted, not the peanuts represented by the eBook industry.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on August 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM (UTC)

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